Fourth NeedFebruary 6th, 2014
Even after the Bucs lost the services of Doug Martin to a season-ending shoulder injury, the Bucs had a solid ground game with Mike James and later, Bobby Rainey.
The passing game? Meh!
Mike Williams was lost midseason with an ugly hamstring tear that required surgery. Guys who would otherwise be walking the streets served as the Bucs’ No. 2 through No. 4 wide receivers. Rookie Mike Glennon got little help.
Vincent Jackson was as marked man and defenses swarmed him like a fraternity would a Hooters waitress carrying pitchers of beer.
This did not escape the eyes of ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas, who believes the Bucs must beef up their wide receiving corps.
Mike Williams opened last season as the No. 2 receiver. But Williams went down with a season-ending injury near the halfway point. There have been reports that the former regime wasn’t happy with Williams’ dedication to his rehab, but it remains to be seen if the new coaching staff and front office have any similar concerns.
If the new regime isn’t sold on Williams, adding a quality starter will be a priority in free agency or the draft. Even if the new regime decides it likes Williams, this team still needs to add depth at receiver.
Joe has typed before to keep an eye out for Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson, who may be a bit of a reach with a high second round pick. The past two years playing in an NFL offense, Robinson shined. Against Michigan this past fall he literally took over the game late in the fourth quarter and was a key cog in Penn State beating Michigan in a thrilling overtime contest.
Regardless, if the Bucs plan on upgrading at quarterback — and it sure seems like they are — they cannot go into the season banking on Tiquan Underwood as a No. 3 receiver, who was cut twice in the past two years and couldn’t latch on with anyone else. He was picked back up by the Bucs as he was walking the streets.